The problem I have with your rationality is this:
No death penalty....will cost the taxpayers 50+ years to provide for him.
Death penalty.....will cost the taxpayers 8+ years to provide for him and an injection.
Hanging.....will cost the taxpayers a few days to provide for him, a rope, and a tree.
So if you were a tax paying citizen and it was costing you...which would you choose?
Your distant family member didn't get what he deserved....he deserved to live no longer that the person he murdered.
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